So, remember when Gen. Saint Petraeus made his first appearance before Congress in the fall? Remember how it was anticipated by the media with all the fanfare of a new Harry Potter novel? Well, he did it again this week. Am I completely off the rails to say that it attracted as much interest as a new collection of Cathy comics?

I feel like we are just so goddamn tired as a nation. Seven years' worth of scripted, stage-managed sheep shows with pre-determined outcomes, seven years of pointing-out-the-obvious critical commentary in response, and seven years of none of it making the slightest difference. At this point we're too tired to put any energy into going through the motions. Media coverage of the recent Petraeus Day was noticeably half-hearted. It's as if they are far too tired to play along with the "Gee, I wonder what he's going to say?" game a second time. My friends over at Crooks & Liars covered it critically, but it's obvious that their hearts aren't in it. There are only so many times one can say the same thing over and over and over again. I think someone wrote a melancholy song about this sort of thing.

I've long been of the opinion that this is all by design; they rely on the fact that Americans will simply get tired of protesting things they can't change. For seven years it has been made perfectly clear that nothing you say, do, or think will have the slightest bearing on the political process. When challenged, people either fight back or withdraw into a shell. Devoted Obama acolytes aside, are a lot of Americans going the latter route? I can't wait to see what a McCain-Clinton race will do to whatever remains of our nation's faith in the efficacy of politics.